At Friend's first board meeting of 2019, five new members joined the slate: Dr. Bill Blackley of Elkin, Lynne Bresler of Chapel Hill, Heather Cotton of Marion/Black Mountain, Carl DeAndrade of White Lake and Mark Rostan of Valdese. [...]
Friends of the MST staff has grown by two; Ben Jones, as Coastal Crescent Project Manager, and Carrie Vernia as Office Manager. And 12-year volunteer Liz Dean signs off. Ben is connecting with and advocating for local stakeholders [...]
Thanks to a change of heart, a trail to the hidden jewel Carter Falls has just opened along the Mountains-to-Sea Trail (MST) near Elkin in Yadkin Valley wine country. An Our State magazine cover story about the MST [...]
Local pottery artist Courtney Pernell (#pottercourt) often hikes and runs the Falls Lake trail section of the MST in Wake and Durham County. She is merging her love of the trail and pottery for “art in the park” [...]
Two miles of new natural surface trail at Seven Mile Creek Natural Area near Hillsborough officially opened to the public on October 9. As additional trail is constructed in the area, these new trails will become part of [...]
Thanks to everyone who made the 41st MST Birthday Hike a big success! 514 hikers and paddlers joined together that hot September 7-9 weekend for cumulative mileage of 3,276 miles, an average of 6.4 miles each.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, land managers are working hard to restore access to public lands, but conditions remain dangerous, particularly in the eastern part of the state. Our trail volunteers are beginning to assess damage as it is safe to do so, and will begin to plan workdays to address storm related issues.
Construction of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail (MST) in western North Carolina is complete. The 346.8-mile route over some of the highest mountains in the Eastern United States is the longest continuous section of the MST built thus far. It goes from Clingmans Dome on the Tennessee-North Carolina border to Stone Mountain State Park, the MST’s gateway to the Piedmont.